Hours of Operation:

Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm 

Closed for Thanksgiving

November 24 & 25, 2022 

Research by appointment​: 
Call 315-735-3642​

Student internships at the History Center are a great way to gain hands-on experience in the fields of history or museum studies.  Internships are open to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. Most internships are unpaid; however, check with your institution about course credit or service hours.  

Projects are available in the areas of:

  • exhibit design

  • collections management

    • textiles

    • blueprints

    • records & archives

    • paintings & artworks

  • digital history

  • research

  • education

utica college- work study at ochc

Bookstore Assistant-The History Center seeks volunteers to staff our bookstore on Tuesday through Friday mornings.  The primary responsibility of the volunteer is to greet visitors to the gallery and bookstore, checkout customers, and answer the phone.  Basic computer/ smart phone skills necessary.  Volunteer for one day a week or more! 

Photo Assistant- The History Center is home to over 30,000 images and we need help identifying many of our photos. Join us as a photo detective and help us solve our history mysteries.  Those with a knowledge of the local area are strongly encouraged to inquire! Basic computer skills preferred, but not required.

Other Opportunities-Custodial, administrative, and membership support.  Contact the History Center at 315-735-3642 for more information.

Lou Parrotta- 2021-22 Volunteer of the Year


Volunteers are essential to the Oneida County History Center. They staff the bookstore and research library assisting with a wide range of activities from answering phones to digitizing collections.  All ages and backgrounds are encouraged to inquire. If you love history and are willing to share your time, then we'll find an opportunity to match your interests and skill set. Complete the volunteer application using the icon below and check out our current opportunities.
One paid internships available to eligible Utica College students!
​The History Center seeks a Digital History and Research Library Assistant to aid with the ongoing digitization of the organization's collections.  A detailed job description is available online at https://www.utica.edu/hr/studentemployment/open_jobs.cfm or by contacting rmclain@oneidacountyhistory.org.

Not just for history majors! 
Any student with an interest in history, heritage, or museum studies is encouraged to apply!

Application Instructions
Contact Associate Professor of History, Dr. Sherri G. Cash at scash@utica.edu to apply
*Students must be eligible for work study*  

Volunteer Opportunities

The Oneida County History Center has named Lou Parrotta the 2021-22 Volunteer of the Year.  Volunteers are essential to the daily operation and long-term care of the organization, and are an invaluable asset to the community.  Lou was chosen by his co-volunteers, staff, and the Board of Directors for his enthusiasm, loyalty, and many contributions to the History Center.

Much of Lou’s focus is on local history. He holds memberships with a number of local historical societies and has served as City Historian for the city of Utica since 2007.  He is the co-author of two books, Gloves Along the Mohawk, which tells the stories of local ballplayers who made it to the Major Leagues, and Forest Hill Cemetery: The Stories Behind the Epitaphs.  Lou was a member of the Board of Trustees of Oneida County History Center for almost a decade, and served as president from 2011 to 2016. Today he is an active volunteer with the organization.

Lou says that his move from board member to volunteer at the History Center was a “natural transition.”  His contributions include writing historical articles for local publications, hosting outreach tables at places like the Oneida County Public Market, and assisting in the research library.  Recently he emceed the Historical Hall of Fame and Living Legends Awards Celebration. One nominator summed up Lou’s contributions “…he is a loyal supporter.  As part of his outreach for the History Center, he takes every opportunity to promote it.  His voice is heard in the community.”  He is humble about being named Volunteer of the Year and says there are others who are more deserving, but Lou Parrotta is definitely an asset to the organization who does deserve these accolades.

Lou currently teaches at Proctor High School and is actively involved in many aspects of the local community.  He is presently Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of People First/Utica Municipal Housing Authority and serves on the Board of Trustees for Forest Hill Cemetery.  Aside from his interest in history, Lou professes to be a “baseball addict.”  He is also a collector of baseball cards, Utica memorabilia, political buttons, and autographs.

The History Center staff, volunteers, and Board of Directors would like to thank and recognize Lou Parrotta for his dedicated service to the History Center and the community.  We are grateful for enduring, enthusiastic volunteers and community members like Lou. Without them, we simply would not exist.  


Closed for Thanksgiving
November 24 & 25, 2022 

Research by appointment​: 
Call 315-735-3642​

​​​​​​​​Oneida County History Center

​​​​​​​​​Oneida County History Center

Hours of Operation:

Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm